Disney World continues to be at odds with the very people who are responsible for bringing Disney magic to Guests at the Florida theme park resort, and there seems to be no resolution in sight.
Disney World and the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), a collective group of multiple unions that represent approximately 41,000 Cast Members, have just completed two more days of talks in an attempt to come to an agreement over a new contract that will affect those employees.
UNION UPDATE! ?
Negotiations with Disney Management have ended for this week. Update here: https://t.co/MLDufzIIPI
— UNITE HERE! Local 362 (@UNITEHERE362) November 2, 2022
The most recent negotiations are the fourth round of such talks between the STCU and Disney World. The first round took place in August.
The first round of negotiations included topics like sick leave, recall rights, voting rights, transfers, and day-off extensions. As no agreement was found, a second round of talks was scheduled for the following week. During the second round, talks also included wages, healthcare, and retirement, among other points.
Yet another round of talks was scheduled for the end of September but was postponed because of Hurricane Ian. Talks resumed in early October, but the STCU and Disney World were still unable to come to an agreement.
Members of Local 737, one of the six unions represented by STCU, the goal was for Cast Members to receive a $5 per hour raise over the next three years. But Disney proposed a $1 per hour raise per year for 5 years, adding two years to the time it would take for Cast Members’ hourly wages to be awarded the $5 raise. While Disney didn’t agree to the 3-year term, the company did offer additional increases for Cast Members working as housekeepers, cooks, and dishwashers.
No deal was made, and because of that, the union instead signed an extension of its members’ current contract, which was set to expire at the end of October, allowing for more time to continue negotiations with Disney.
In response to the failed negotiations on Wednesday, Unite Here Local 362, yet another union represented by the STCU, released this statement online:
Negotiations with Disney Management have ended for this week. Progress was made on the effective date of an increase to the 3rd shift premium and the topic of bargaining over the Consumer Choice medical plan. The remaining open items include wages, healthcare costs, child bonding leave, guarantee of hours, premiums, and Pension plan enrollment. The next bargaining sessions have been scheduled for November 29 and December 1.
As this is a developing story, more updates will be shared as they are available.